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Nikki Grimes Collection, 1992-2013

Summary Information
Title: Nikki Grimes Papers
Dates: 1992-2013
Creator: Grimes, Nikki
Extent: 8.5 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-1409
Abstract:
The collection contains written production material for 42 titles.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Grimes, Nikki.

Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Copyright:

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Nikki Grimes papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title.


Biographical Sketch

Nikki Grimes was born October 20, 1950, in Harlem, NY. She writes under her own name and under the pseudonym Naomi McMillan. She has had a number of jobs related to writing, teaching, and publishing, including a six year period in Sweden as a radio scriptwriter and producer, and is also a prolific writer for young people. She has received a number of awards and honors for her work. Grimes draws upon her own childhood to convey the black experience and themes such as friendship, tolerance, family and community relationships, and adolescence. Her works generally feature young African American characters with whom children and young adults can identify. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 136; Children's Literature Review , vol. 42


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains written production materials for 42 titles, including holographs, typescripts, front matter, correspondence, notes, clippings, copies of illustrations, galley proofs, dummies, photocopies, research material, a musical play, photograph illustrations, layout pictures, and a map. The collection also includes production material from unpublished titles and other unpublished material, including correspondence and an award acceptance speech.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Grimes, Nikki
  • Coleman, Bessie, 1896-1926 -- Anecdotes -- Juvenile literature
  • Obama, Barack
  • X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 -- Juvenile literature
  • African Americans -- Poetry
  • Children's poetry, American
  • Easter -- Poetry
  • Fathers -- Poetry
  • Friendship -- Fiction
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Poetry
  • Racially mixed people -- United States -- Biography
  • Schools -- Juvenile fiction
  • African American girls -- Fiction
  • African American legislators -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • African American women poets -- Biography
  • African Americans -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • African Americans -- Fiction
  • African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
  • African Americans -- Juvenile poetry
  • American poetry -- African American authors
  • Babies -- Fiction
  • Basketball -- Fiction
  • Basketball stories
  • Best friends -- Fiction
  • Bible -- History of Biblical events -- Poetry
  • Bildungsromans
  • Black Muslims -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Body image -- Juvenile fiction
  • Bronx(New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction
  • Brothers -- Juvenile fiction
  • Brothers and sisters -- Fiction
  • Brothers and sisters -- Poetry
  • Cats -- Fiction
  • Cats -- Poetry
  • Children's poetry, American
  • China -- Juvenile poetry
  • Christian life -- Juvenile fiction
  • Christian life -- Poetry
  • Christian poetry, American
  • Christmas -- Poetry
  • City and town life -- Juvenile literature
  • City and town life -- Juvenile poetry
  • Coleman, Bessie, 1896-1926 -- Juvenile literature
  • Coming of age -- Fiction
  • Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction
  • Creation -- Juvenile literature
  • Daniel, Dyamonde (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
  • Death -- Juvenile poetry
  • Death -- Poetry
  • Diabetes -- Juvenile fiction
  • Easter -- Juvenile poetry
  • English language -- Alphabet -- Juvenile literature
  • Ethnicity -- Fiction
  • Families -- Juvenile fiction
  • Family life -- Fiction
  • Fathers -- Juvenile poetry
  • Fathers and sons -- Juvenile poetry
  • Foster home care -- Juvenile fiction
  • Friendship -- Juvenile fiction
  • Friendship -- Poetry
  • God -- Juvenile literature
  • Grandmothers -- Juvenile poetry
  • Grandparent and child -- Juvenile poetry
  • Gratitude -- Juvenile poetry
  • Grief -- Juvenile poetry
  • Growth -- Poetry
  • Haiku, American
  • Hand weaving -- Juvenile poetry
  • High schools -- Fiction
  • Hispanic Americans -- Juvenile fiction
  • Homeless persons -- Juvenile fiction
  • Identity -- Fiction
  • Imagination -- Juvenile fiction
  • Infants -- Juvenile fiction
  • Ishmael (Biblical figure) -- Juvenile poetry
  • Jesus Christ -- Nativity -- Poetry
  • Jesus Christ -- Passion -- Juvenile poetry
  • Legislators -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Manners and customs -- Juvenile poetry
  • Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Fiction
  • Middle schools -- Juvenile fiction
  • Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction
  • Moving, Household -- Juvenile fiction
  • Nature -- Juvenile poetry
  • New students -- Fiction
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction
  • Novels in verse
  • Obama, Barack -- Juvenile literature
  • Poetry -- Juvenile fiction
  • Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography
  • Prayer -- Juvenile poetry
  • Pregnancy -- Juvenile fiction
  • Presidents -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Racially mixed people -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Religious poetry, American
  • Remarriage -- Juvenile fiction
  • Schools -- Juvenile fiction
  • Self-perception -- Poetry
  • Shoes -- Juvenile poetry
  • Single-parent families -- Poetry
  • Stepbrothers -- Juvenile poetry
  • Stepfamilies -- Juvenile fiction
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Subject
  • Summer -- Fiction
  • Sunday -- Juvenile poetry
  • United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Voluntarism -- Juvenile fiction
  • Weaving -- Poetry
  • Women -- Biography
  • X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 -- Juvenile literature
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Almost Zero 2010  
Box 1
Typescript, Corrected Typescript 2009  Box 1 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescript 2009  Box 1 , Folder 2
 
Corrected Typescripts, Notes, Correspondence 2009  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Typescript 2009  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Corrected Typescripts, Notes, Correspondence 2008-2009  Box 1 , Folder 5
 
Holograph, Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 6
 
Notes undated  Box 1 , Folder 7
 
Photocopies of Illustrations 2010  Box 1 , Folder 8
 
Corrected Page Proof 2010  Box 1 , Folder 9
 
Aneesa Lee and the Weaver's Gift 1999  
Box 1
Notes, Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 10
 
Typescript, Corrected Typescripts, Photocopied Corrected Typescripts 1997  Box 1 , Folder 11
 
At Break of Day 1999  
Box 1
Notes undated  Box 1 , Folder 12
Note  Working title: Creation
 
Typescripts undated  Box 1 , Folder 13
Note  Working title: Creation
 
Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 1 , Folder 14
Note  Working title: At the Break of Day
 
Corrected typescripts, Correspondence 1994-1999  Box 1 , Folder 15
Note  Working title: At the Break of Day
 
At Jerusalem's Gate 2005  
Box 1
Holograph, Notes undated  Box 1 , Folder 16
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 17-18
 
Corrected Page Proof 2004  Box 1 , Folder 19
 
Illustrations, Notes undated  Box 1 , Folder 20
 
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope 2008  
Box 1
Notes undated  Box 1 , Folder 21
 
Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 2008  Box 1 , Folder 22
 
Correspondence 2007-2008  Box 1 , Folder 23
 
Promotional Material, Research Material undated  Box 1 , Folder 24
 
Bronx Masquerade, The 2002  
Box 7
Corrected Page Proof 2001  Box 7 , Folder 1-2
 
Typescript 2001  Box 7 , Folder 3
 
Photocopied Corrected Typescript 2001  Box 7 , Folder 4
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 5
 
Corrected Typescript 2000  Box 7 , Folder 6
 
Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 7
 
Typescript 2000  Box 7 , Folder 8
 
Typescript, Notes 2000  Box 7 , Folder 9
 
Corrected Typescript, Holograph, Notes 2000  Box 7 , Folder 10
 
Corrected Typescript, Holograph, Notes 1999  Box 7 , Folder 11-12
 
Corrected Photocopied Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 13
 
Corrected Page Proof 2001  Box 7 , Folder 14
 
Correspondence, Notes 1999-2000  Box 7 , Folder 15
 
C is for City 1995  
Box 1
Typescript, Corrected Typescripts 1993-1995  Box 1 , Folder 25
 
Come Sunday 1996  
Box 1
Typescript, Corrected Typescripts 1994-1995  Box 1 , Folder 26
 
Notes undated  Box 1 , Folder 27
 
Illustrations, Corrected Page Proof undated  Box 1 , Folder 28
 
Correspondence with Children  
Box 1
Correspondence undated  Box 1 , Folder 29
 
Danitra Brown Leaves Town 2002  
Box 1
Corrected Typescripts, Holograph 1995  Box 1 , Folder 30
 
Notes, Galley Proof 1997  Box 1 , Folder 31
 
Dark Sons 2005  
Box 1
Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 32
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 33
 
Corrected Typescript 2003  Box 1 , Folder 34
 
Corrected Typescript 2004  Box 1 , Folder 35
 
Galley 2010  Box 1 , Folder 36
Box 2
Corrected Page Proof 2004  Box 2 , Folder 1-2
 
Corrected Page Proof 2005  Box 2 , Folder 3
 
Corrected Page Proof, Photocopied Illustrations, Jacket Proof 2003-2005  Box 2 , Folder 4
 
Dime a Dozen, A 1998  
Box 2
Notes, Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 5
 
Corrected Typescript 1996  Box 2 , Folder 6
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 7
 
From a Child's Heart 1993  
Box 2
Typescript, Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 8
 
Corrected Photocopied Galley 1993  Box 2 , Folder 9
 
Photocopies of Illustrations, Correspondence, Dummy 1992-1993  Box 2 , Folder 10
 
Girl Named Mister, A 2010  
Box 2
Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 11
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 2 , Folder 12-13
 
Corrected Typescript 2006  Box 2 , Folder 14
Note  Working title: Mary, Mary
 
Typescript 2008  Box 2 , Folder 15
Note  Working title: Mary, Mary
 
Corrected Typescript 2008  Box 2 , Folder 16
Note  Working title: Mary, Mary
 
Corrected Typescript 2009  Box 2 , Folder 17
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 18
Note  Working title: Mary, Mary
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 19
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 20
Note  Working title: Mary, Mary
 
Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 21-22
 
Correspondence 2006-2010  Box 2 , Folder 23
 
Research Material, Notes 2009  Box 2 , Folder 24
 
Corrected Bound Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 25
 
Holograph and Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 26
Note  Working title: Mary, Mary
 
Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 27
Note  Working title: Mary, Mary
 
Typescript 2008  Box 2 , Folder 28
 
Halfway to Perfect 2012  
Box 2
Notebook undated  Box 2 , Folder 29
 
Typescripts 2011  Box 2 , Folder 30
Box 3
Corrected Typescripts 2011  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
Photocopies of Illustrations, Correspondence, Research Material 2011  Box 3 , Folder 2
 
It's Raining Laughter 2005  
Box 3
Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 1996-1997  Box 3 , Folder 3
 
Corrected Galley, Layout Pictures, Holograph 1996  Box 3 , Folder 4
 
Kerlan Award Speech  
Box 3
Typescript 2003  Box 3 , Folder 5
 
Loser: Dyamonde Daniel unpublished  
Box 3
Holograph, Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 6
 
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel 2009  
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 7
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 3 , Folder 8
 
Photocopied Corrected Page Proof 2008  Box 3 , Folder 9
 
Page Proof 2008  Box 3 , Folder 10
 
Proof of Illustrations 2008  Box 3 , Folder 11
 
Correspondence 2007-2009  Box 3 , Folder 12
 
Malcolm X: A Force for Change 1992  
Box 3
Corrected Typescript 1996  Box 3 , Folder 13-14
 
Photocopied Corrected Typescript 1992  Box 3 , Folder 15-16
 
Correspondence, Photocopied Illustrations, Clippings 1992-1993  Box 3 , Folder 17
 
Meet Danitra Brown 1994  
Box 7
Corrected Typescripts 1992-1993  Box 7 , Folder 16
 
Correspondence, Notes 1992-1997  Box 7 , Folder 17
 
My Man Blue 1999  
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 18
 
Typescript, Corrected Photocopied Typescript 1997  Box 3 , Folder 19
 
Corrected Typescript, Holograph, Notes undated  Box 3 , Folder 20
 
Corrected Typescripts, Holograph 1992-1994  Box 3 , Folder 21
 
Corrected Galley 1998  Box 3 , Folder 22
 
Correspondence 1992-1998  Box 3 , Folder 23
 
Oh, Brother! 2008  
Box 3
Holograph, Typescript 2003  Box 3 , Folder 24
 
Corrected Typescript 2003  Box 3 , Folder 25
 
Corrected Page Proof 2007  Box 3 , Folder 26
 
Publisher's Dummy undated  Box 3 , Folder 27
 
Correspondence, Photocopied Illustrations, Notes 2003-2005  Box 3 , Folder 28
 
Out of the Dark 2009  
Box 3
Holograph, Typescript 2007  Box 3 , Folder 29
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 30
 
Page Proofs 2009  Box 3 , Folder 31
 
Planet Middle School 2011  
Box 3
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 32
Box 4
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescript 2010  Box 4 , Folder 2-3
Note  Working title: Tween Love
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 4-5
Note  Working title: Tween Love
 
Corrected Typescript 2010  Box 4 , Folder 6
Note  Working title: Tween Love
 
Correspondence, Notes 2006-2011  Box 4 , Folder 7
 
Pocketful of Poems, A 2001  
Box 4
Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 1997-2000  Box 4 , Folder 8
 
Correspondence, Corrected Page Proof, Corrected Galley 1999-2000  Box 4 , Folder 9
 
Poems (Unpublished) undated  
Box 4
Holographs undated  Box 4 , Folder 10
 
Rich: Dyamonde Daniel 2009  
Box 4
Holograph undated  Box 4 , Folder 11
 
Typescripts 2008  Box 4 , Folder 12
 
Corrected Typescript 2007  Box 4 , Folder 13-14
 
Photocopies of Illustrations, Correspondence 2008  Box 4 , Folder 15
 
Road to Paris, A 2006  
Box 6
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 13
 
Corrected Typescript 2005  Box 6 , Folder 14-15
 
Correspondence, Notes 2001-2006  Box 6 , Folder 16
Box 7
Holograph undated  Box 7 , Folder 18
 
Holograph, Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 19
 
Typescript 2005  Box 7 , Folder 20-23
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 24
Note  Working title: Lilacs in the Springtime
 
Corrected Typescript 2005  Box 7 , Folder 25
Box 8
Self Portrait: Nikki Grimes Pencil on Paper undated  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Shoe Magic 2000  
Box 4
Holograph, Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 16
 
Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 1998  Box 4 , Folder 17
 
Page Proof 2000  Box 4 , Folder 18
 
Correspondence, Photocopied Illustrations 1999-2000  Box 4 , Folder 19
 
Stepping Out with Grandma Mac 2001  
Box 4
Holograph undated  Box 4 , Folder 20
 
Corrected Typescript 1993  Box 4 , Folder 21
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 22
 
Corrected Typescript 1997  Box 4 , Folder 23
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 24-25
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 26
Note  Working title: Grandma's Gloves
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 27
 
Corrected Page Proof 2000  Box 4 , Folder 28
 
Photocopy of Illustrations, Correspondence 1997-2001  Box 4 , Folder 29
 
Tai Chi Morning 2004  
Box 4
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 30
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 31-32
 
Corrected Page Proof 2003  Box 4 , Folder 33
 
Photocopies of Illustrations, Correspondence 1999-2003  Box 4 , Folder 34
 
Uncorrected Bound Proof undated  Box 4 , Folder 35
Note  Inscribed to the Kerlan Collection
 
Talkin' About Bessie 2002  
Box 4
Corrected Typescript, Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 36
 
Notes undated  Box 4 , Folder 37
 
Notes, Research Material undated  Box 4 , Folder 38
 
Research Material, Correspondence 1994-1997  Box 4 , Folder 39
Box 5
Author's Dummy, Corrected Page Proof, Photocopies of Illustrations 1997-2001  Box 5 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence, Reviews, Photographs 2000-2003  Box 5 , Folder 2
 
Thanks a Million 2006  
Box 6
Holograph, Typescript, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 17
 
Photocopy of Illustrations, Corrected Page Proof, Proof of Jacket 2005  Box 6 , Folder 18
 
Correspondence, Notes 2002-2005  Box 6 , Folder 19
 
There was a Pet Dragon Named Tie circa 1997  
Box 5
Page Proof undated  Box 5 , Folder 3
 
Throwaway, The undated  
Box 5
Holograph, Notebook undated  Box 5 , Folder 4-5
 
Holograph undated  Box 5 , Folder 6
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 7-9
 
Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 10
 
Correspondence, Notes, Research Material 2001-2004  Box 5 , Folder 11
 
Under the Christmas Tree 2002  
Box 5
Typescripts 1999  Box 5 , Folder 12
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 5 , Folder 13
 
Holograph, Notes undated  Box 5 , Folder 14
 
Voices of Christmas 2009  
Box 5
Typescripts undated  Box 5 , Folder 15
 
Corrected Typescripts 2006  Box 5 , Folder 16
 
Notes undated  Box 5 , Folder 17
 
Correspondence, Notes 2006-2008  Box 5 , Folder 18
 
Welcome Precious 2006  
Box 5
Page Proofs 2005  Box 5 , Folder 19-20
 
What is Goodbye? 2004  
Box 5
Notes, Holograph undated  Box 5 , Folder 21
 
Typescript, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 22
 
Typescript, Corrected Typescript 2001  Box 5 , Folder 23
 
Photocopies of Illustrations, Page Proof 2001-2002  Box 5 , Folder 24
 
Corrected Page Proof 2003  Box 5 , Folder 25-27
Box 6
Publisher's Dummy undated  Box 6 , Folder 1
 
Notes, Research Material undated  Box 6 , Folder 2
 
When Daddy Prays 2002  
Box 6
Holograph undated  Box 6 , Folder 3
 
Corrected Typescript 1997  Box 6 , Folder 4
 
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 1997  Box 6 , Folder 5
 
When Gorilla Goes Walking 2007  
Box 6
Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 2000-2006  Box 6 , Folder 6
Note  Working title: When Godzilla Goes Walking
 
Correspondence, Publisher's Dummy 2000-2001  Box 6 , Folder 7
 
Words with Wings 2013  
Box 6
Typescript, Corrected Typescript, Holograph 2012  Box 6 , Folder 8
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 9-10
 
Galley 2013  Box 6 , Folder 11
 
Correspondence 2012-2013  Box 6 , Folder 12